EMA award nominees announced

Expanded awards from Entertainment Merchants Association give nods to Gears of War, God of War 2, Guitar Hero II, WOW.

Just when Epic Games thought its trophy case was stuffed with enough honors for its Xbox 360 shooter Gears of War, along comes another awards show with four more nominations for the game. The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has released its candidates for various industry awards, and due to different qualification deadlines, Gears has some new competition in the prized Video Game of the Year category.

Unlike recent year-end award shows--such as the Spike TV Video Game Awards or the D.I.C.E. Awards--the 2007 EMA awards accepts games that were released between April 1, 2006, and March 31, 2007. The extra months allow a few new contenders to be considered against mainstays of last year's awards shows.

The five finalists for Video Game of the Year are Gears of War, Guitar Hero II, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, God of War 2, and "World of Warcraft," which is presumably the game's expansion, January's The Burning Crusade.

While God of War 2 and The Burning Crusade are new to the awards circuit, one game that was old hat at last year's awards shows was a no-show. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, released on March 20, 2006, on the PC and Xbox 360, just missed the cutoff date for eligibility. The PlayStation 3 edition of the game, released last month, was eligible for an award but failed to net a nomination.

Nintendo led all publishers with 14 nominations, followed by Electronic Arts with nine. For fanboys keeping score at home, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment America tied at five apiece. Gears of War, Madden NFL 07, and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy each grabbed four nominations to lead all games.

The EMA did not explain its nomination system, and apparently didn't require a set number of candidates for each category. While most awards had five nominations, a few had only four and the PC Game of the Year category had only two: The Burning Crusade and Cars.

This year the EMA chose to blow out its video game awards, going from just three categories last year to 18 this year, including several platforms and genres this time around. The winners will be announced at EMA's Video Game Retailers' Council Event on May 22.

Video Game of the Year
Gears of War
God of War 2
Guitar Hero II
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Xbox 360 Game of the Year
Call of Duty 3
Dead Rising
Gears of War
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

PS3 Game of the Year
Call of Duty 3
Madden NFL 07
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
MotorStorm
Resistance: Fall of Man

Wii Game of the Year
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Rayman: Raving Rabbids
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
WarioWare: Smooth Moves

PC Game of the Year
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Cars

PS2 Game of the Year
Final Fantasy XII
God of War 2
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Madden NFL 07
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007

DS Game of the Year
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
Final Fantasy III
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
New Super Mario Bros.
Yoshi's Island

PSP Game of the Year
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Madden NFL 07
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2
Tekken: Dark Resurrection

Action/Adventure Game of the Year
Dead Rising
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
New Super Mario Bros.

Casual Game of the Year
Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day
Guitar Hero II
Karaoke Revolution: American Idol
Viva Piñata
Wii Sports

Family/Children's Game of the Year
Cars
Happy Feet
Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island
Thrillville
WarioWare: Smooth Moves

Fighting Game of the Year
Def Jam: Icon
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
Mortal Kombat: Armageddon
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007

Racing Game of the Year
Diddy Kong Racing
Excite Truck
MotorStorm
Need for Speed Carbon
Test Drive Unlimited

RPG/Strategy Game of the Year
Final Fantasy XII
Hitman: Blood Money
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Shooter/Military Game of the Year
Call of Duty 3
Gears of War
Resistance: Fall of Man
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent

Sports Game of the Year
Madden NFL 07
NBA 2K7
NCAA Football 07
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
Tony Hawk's Project 8

Best Game Graphics of the Year
Dead Rising
Gears of War
Need for Speed Carbon
Resistance: Fall of Man
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

Innovative Game of the Year
Cooking Mama
Dead Rising
Guitar Hero II
Trauma Center: Second Opinion
Wii Sports

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136 comments
jACkaTacK1107
jACkaTacK1107

ok WHAT THE **** is up with the "best pc game" category?????? seriously WTF?????????? just for that i couldnt give a **** less about how these results turn out...these people are just retarded. cars??? cmon ya jackasses

lil-maxy
lil-maxy

Most of them nominations are good choices but why is resistance: fall of man a nomination for best graphics of the year because it has rubbish graphics, play the game on a hd tv and see how crap the graphics are motorstorm has better graphics.

darth_hid3ous
darth_hid3ous

they made really good choices for the ds games

specialtom
specialtom

Why are there so few pc nominations? And Cars?!? load of balls if you ask me, they all seem to forget the pc as a platform

murano28
murano28

God of war II, Guitar Hero II and Call of duty 3 might win some of them. Too bad Medal of honor is not in the nominations. At least they could put moh heroes to psp category.

diabatman
diabatman

the pc nominations r a little skimpy

mhsdrake
mhsdrake

Resistance for everything.

theKSMM
theKSMM

As far as I can tell, these are all good nominations. Yeah, some others could have been included as well, but what can you do?

Aston0009
Aston0009

. . . nd da bes game graphics of da year goes 2 . . . (Drum rol). . . . resistance_fal of man! resistance rocks! al of da best 4 da sequel as wel

Aston0009
Aston0009

. . . nd da bes game graphics of da year goes 2 . . . (Drum rol). . . . resistance_fal of man! resistance rocks! al of da best 4 da sequel as wel

Cesb02
Cesb02

lets go NBA 2k7!!!!! and guitar hero!!

joz90
joz90

why isn't GOW2 on action/adventure? anyways, i vote for God of War 2 all the way!

Floms
Floms

ressistance is going for the gold

Demon_Vergil
Demon_Vergil

PS2 Game of the Year Final Fantasy XII God of War 2 Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Madden NFL 07 WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007 Wtf they can't put GoW2 and FFXII between all that crap :\

KingKoop
KingKoop

Beautiful line-up. GOW II FTW!!! If not then Zelda: TP

haesuse
haesuse

oh yes i agree with that, and the nominee's are mostly a turd that don't belong in the category to being with. example: innovative game, how innovative is GH2. same game, new songs and few smaller additon that matter only to fans. NFS carbon and Dead Rising in the graphics category, yeah whatever. i can keep going but you guys get the point. someone please pettiton that this "award" thing be removed for ever from the existance!!!

spartan_104
spartan_104

I find it interesting that they're not explaining their nomination system. I think someone's uncle pulled a few strings to get his idiot nephew a job. The categories are a damn joke.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

i think Gears is a sweep for every category it's nominated in. that was the coolest game of the year by far. there were other good ones but Gears just took the 360 to the next level. not all of the 360 and PS3 games have been next gen games but Gears was definitely next gen gaming.

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

A lot of these categories seem really superfluous and dare I say to shill game they want to sell.

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

this looks like a list put together by people who don't play video games, they just look at other award shoes and take monkey from some companys and nominate their games mistakes- 1.only 2 PC nominations, 1 an expansion, another one a kids game on multiple systems 2. even if Oblivion missed deadline on 360, nominate PS3 version, it didn't even get best PS3 or RPG! 3. RPG/Strategy in the same category?!?! 4. Zelda isnt really an RPG nor is hitman 5. Look at list for best Adventure Dead Rising Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy Lost Planet: Extreme Condition New Super Mario Bros. they put mario bros and lego star wars in category with Lost Plant, Dead Rising and GTA, cmon that's just stupid yeah im done, im sure theres more but whatever

interpolred
interpolred

Twilight Princess and God of War II are 2 of my favorite games on that list. There are a few others up there that are pretty good too.

cherrytwister
cherrytwister

WHAT? WHERE IS THE 2006 "GAME OF THE YEAR" ( AND I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT GEARS OF WAR, THE ONLY THING THAT BROUGHT WAS A CHAIN GUN ) .......................The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

sandy4v
sandy4v

I know all the winners right now and damn sure about the results

AzureWind213
AzureWind213

LOL look at RPG/Strategy nominees. 5 games. 4 completly different genres(the only 2 even close are XII and WOW, which are still crazy different in execution). Ummmmmmmm... uhh... who made these things up anyway? Another one: Trauma Center Second Opinion. Innovative? I loved my trauma center for DS but if it's just copying an earlier game(ok, new controls...), isn't that the opposite of innovation? And PC games... WOW and ......... *drumroll*........ CARS?!?!! Ok, yep. Sham with a capital S. I don't even PLAY pc games outside of PangYa golf and I am completely insulted by these awards. Do these people not know who their audience is? Do they think we're dumb or something?! This whole thing looks to me like a block of swiss cheese. Poorly concieved, poorly implemented, and, to me anyways, kinda gross. PLEASE, EMA, leave the game awards to the people who know how to give them (i.e. GAMESPOT). Maybe that way they'll actually mean something in the public eye because there wont be 13 million kinds of awards to pick one. I wonder... you think I could host my own GOTY awards? I'll send the companies nice shiny plaques or trophies with little gamer dudes on top. I'll say to Blizzard.... "congratulations! your game is better than Cars! here's your trophy!"

blamder-drag
blamder-drag

lol "Of course with the quality and horsepower of the new consoles, gaming on PCs doesn't hold as much appeal. Consoles offer all the same things for less money" What are you talking about Perdo7_2000? PC is the system that is always next gen. The Geforce 8800 completly own anything that the PS3 could ever try and do for about 300 dollars less

Pedro7_2000
Pedro7_2000

Seems like they are slapping the PC in the face. Of course with the quality and horsepower of the new consoles, gaming on PCs doesn't hold as much appeal. Consoles offer all the same things for less money (not counting WOW...yet).

NemesisLives
NemesisLives

This has got to be the WORST nominations ever, some really good games in there, but come on F***ing CARS, ARE THE SERIOUSE?? And how can you get Game of the Year, but now game of the year for its console?? This list is totally bogus. Worst of all is the PC list. Cars is BS and WOW, get over it. An expansion should never even be nominated. Plenty of other PC games should of taken those places.

AceCometh
AceCometh

If Cars wins over WoW: Burning Crusade, I quit.

Legoman1990
Legoman1990

Since when is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess an RPG/Strategy game?

TTDog
TTDog

These will be proven to be worthless when Cars wins over WOW. Best racer ought to be Test Drive Unlimited, Motorstorm is just too Brown to be considered.. and only 7 tracks with no multiplayer... just smacks of overblown tech-demo.

acarrillo
acarrillo

Para mi uno de mejores TOP de juegos que halla jugado!! espero ver mas!!

thefourth40th
thefourth40th

i do believe the PC is getting the shaft at this affair

newtech12
newtech12

Motorstorm should be in the running for best graphics. In fact - only Gears is in the same league.

Gamer-Addict
Gamer-Addict

lmao whos gonna win PC game of the year hahah oh and zackerthe3rd obviosly he ment to say 2142

ZackerThe3rd
ZackerThe3rd

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xElite_GameRx
xElite_GameRx

- game of the year: god of war 2 - xbox360 goty: gears of war - PS3 goty: RFoM - wii goty: anything not exclusive to the wii - pc goty: WoW: burning crusade - ps2 goty: Final Fantasy XII - ds goty: Final Fantasy III - psp goty: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories - action/adv. goty: dead rising - casual goty: Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day - racing goty: Motor Storm - RPG/Strategy goty: World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade - Shooter/Military goty: Call of Duty 3 - sports goty: Madden 07 - best graphics: Gears of War - Innovative goty: Guitar Hero II imo

The_Houston_Kid
The_Houston_Kid

Battlefield 2 should be on shooter of the year I think. My friend was telling me all about it and based on what I heard it should at least be an option... it will probably be Gears or Resistance though... If WoW:Burning Crusade is eligible then shivering Isles should be eligible for RPG of the year... thats bull

Stabby
Stabby

Oblivion would one loads if it were included... And that PC list? When was M2:TW and Company of Heroes released? Looks like Burning Crusade has that one in the bag!

porphyrous
porphyrous

Gotta admit, the PC category was pretty embarrasing. GalCiv2: Dark Avatar could have been on that list, and walk away with the award without a fight. Nice to the see the platform specific categories, though. David V

VGLeo34
VGLeo34

THE FOLLOWING GAMES WILL RECEIVE AWARDS: GEARS DEADRISING ZELDA FRUIT F****NG 2000

Mariofan1314
Mariofan1314

Gears of War has grabbed soooo many awards in other award ceremonies for Best Graphics,Game of the Year. Well, my point it why didnt it get more than 4 this year?

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

God of War II is easily the best game of the year. Gears of War will probably win graphics or shooter category, but that's about it.

Ryusennin
Ryusennin

GoW2 not even nominated for best graphics? I smell bribery.

lctpp2
lctpp2

Only 2 frigin games for the PC category and the other game is CARS?!?! Well,the "M" in EMA does stand for "Merchants" so i guess the number of kids who wanted their mommies and/or daddies to buy em this game after watching the movie outnumbered the number of gamers... Sheesh, who am i kidding? Even I can't believe i just said that! Where are those other great PC games?!? Personally, i thought Company of Heroes was gonna be in that category! I guess it didn't earn as much as the other two but they should have more nominees! This is very insulting not only to gamers but even more so to the game developers who have worked hard to bring their games out into the market. Tsk tsk tsk....